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Nov, 2014

10 Lessons from Our First Year of Blogging

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About a year ago, the first post went up on this blog. We are growing old! 44 posts later, it has been a terrific journey full of lessons. You know what they say about teaching; “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” Blogging is fun and it gets more fun when you see results. Here is what we have learnt about blogging at Belva Digital. 1. Write for your audience If you write with the audience in mind, thinking of what affects them and what they […]

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Sep, 2014

The Standard Group

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The importance of equipping your staff with sufficient know-how especially in a fast changing industry can never be under-estimated. I worked closely with Google and the Standard Group to train all their employees, from technical crews to news anchors, on social media's best practices and the application of tools such as Google+ and Google Hangout in this new era of broadcasting and news publishing.

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May, 2014

10 Unique Google+ Features You Will Not Find Elsewhere

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The hype is yet to die out on the departure of Vic Gundotra. Some say Google+ is beginning to fizzle out. Some more believable folk say that Google has bigger fish to fry. Meanwhile, we are still loving Google+ and we will tell you what makes it stand out. They say it’s the small things that count right? Here are ten Google+ features that make it awesome. Things that you will not find on Twitter or Facebook. 1. Formatting Posts You can format your posts. Yes, that’s right. You can […]

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Apr, 2014

5 African Pages on Google+ Doing It Right

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While a lot of brands and companies in the continent have ignored Google+, there are a few using the platform to boost their visibility and reach a different audience. Google+ has been taunted as a ghost town for quite a while now and as such continues to be ignored by a vast majority of the social media marketing pundits. In the meantime, there are those who are embracing it to further their marketing and mission goals. Here are 5 African pages on Google+, and not just on it but using […]

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Apr, 2014

Pinterest: Why You Should Care

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Have you heard of Pinterest? Have you tried it out? I remember the first time I got in was only because I was writing an article on it. At first it struck me as something that would not help me in any way. After a while, it became my go-to place for research on all things visual. Pretty soon, it was first on the list of sites I visit when I am extremely bored. Pinterest is… So what’s Pinterest? It is a site that lets you scroll through endless pins […]

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Mar, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up: Twitter Adds Photo Tagging, Facebook Acquires Oculus

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The last week of March is coming to an end and as usual, it is never a dull week on the Web. Instagram announced its surpassing the 200 million mark while Twitter introduced some new photo features in its mobile app. Twitter rolls out photo tagging This week, Twitter announced two new mobile features that it says makes photos on Twitter more social (which is true, or in other words, more like Facebook). Soon, you will be able to tag the people in your photo and add up to four […]

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Mar, 2014

Ignore Email Marketing at Your Own Risk

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Everyone is talking about social media marketing nowadays. You cannot ignore it, they say. You are bombarded with sponsored stories on Facebook everyday (those are going away soon by the way). When someone invites you to like a page, you are not even sure whether they are doing it because it is something they would want you to genuinely know about and try or it’s just because they need likes. Amidst this hullabaloo is the one thing that has existed before Facebook and Twitter and which nobody is really talking […]

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Mar, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up: Twitter Turns 8, WhatsApp Privacy

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So what’s been cooking? For one, Twitter turns 8 this week. Happy birthday Twitter! Twitter 8th Birthday Twitter was born in 2006 and continues to improve every single day for the last 8 years. As it marks its 8th birthday, it’s giving you the opportunity to celebrate your #FirstTweet with this tool that lets you find your very first Tweet and anyone else simply by typing in the @username. WhatsApp assures privacy The hulaballoo about Facebook buying WhatsApp died down. Or did it? This week, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum assured […]

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Mar, 2014

The World Wide Web 25 Years Later: Where Are WWWe?

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The main thing on people’s minds right now is the craze that’s going on about the World Wide Web or WWW – Really? It is probably Miley Cyrus or Lupita Nyong’o, but hopefully, you get my drift. If you don’t know what this is all about, not Miley or Lupita, but the World Wide Web, then read on. So, where did WWWe come from? Before we can answer the question, where are wwwe? We need to answer where did wwwe come from? To start off, here is the first website […]

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Mar, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up: Twitter Stats, LinkedIn New Look, Facebook Enforcement and Redesign

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This week’s wrap-up includes Twitter – stats on the Oscars and the LinkedIn – new People You May Know. Here is what has been happening this week on social media. New Twitter stats Twitter continues to have a strong effect on live events as was evident during the Oscars early this week. According to the Twitter blog, there were 19.1 million tweets sent between 5 pm and 5 am Sunday, ET. If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscarspic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014 This now […]

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